The table below looks at the statistics for the Microsoft Solutions Architect role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Solutions Architect in their job title over the 3 months to 6 March 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
6 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Solution Architect
Rank 576 555 537
Rank change year-on-year
-21 -18
Contract jobs requiring a Microsoft Solutions Architect 6 4 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.012% 0.008% 0.007%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.013% 0.009% 0.007%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 4 3
Average daily rate
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£525 £420 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -1.17%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £405 £405
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £492 £485
UK excluding London average daily rate £500 £415 £425
% change year-on-year
+20.48% -2.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
47113 45619 41438
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.46% 92.43% 92.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 28736 27090 23781
Average daily rate £400 £400 £398
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +0.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1785 1896 2209
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.60 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.35% -2.85%

Microsoft Solutions Architect
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Solutions Architect in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Microsoft Solutions Architect Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Microsoft Solutions Architect
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft Solutions Architect within the UK.

Microsoft Solutions Architect Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Microsoft Solutions Architect
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Solutions Architect within the UK over the 3 months to 6 March 2015.

Microsoft Solutions Architect Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Microsoft Solutions Architect
Top 8 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Solutions Architect within the UK over the 3 months to 6 March 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -23 6 £525 +23.52% 1
London 0 4 £525 +23.52%
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
City of London - - - -
West Midlands - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
Leeds - - - -

Microsoft Solutions Architect
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Microsoft Solutions Architect in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Microsoft Solutions Architect in their job title.

1 15 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 8 (53.33%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (53.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (40.00%) .NET
4 4 (26.67%) SQL Server
4 4 (26.67%) E-Commerce
4 4 (26.67%) Web Services
4 4 (26.67%) Scrum
4 4 (26.67%) SOA
4 4 (26.67%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (26.67%) PowerShell
4 4 (26.67%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (26.67%) Continuous Integration
4 4 (26.67%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (20.00%) ASP.NET Web API
5 3 (20.00%) BDD
5 3 (20.00%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 3 (20.00%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (20.00%) SCCM
5 3 (20.00%) jQuery
5 3 (20.00%) MVC
5 3 (20.00%) TDD
5 3 (20.00%) Windows
6 2 (13.33%) OOP
6 2 (13.33%) SAP
6 2 (13.33%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (13.33%) Citrix
6 2 (13.33%) TOGAF
6 2 (13.33%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (13.33%) VMware

Microsoft Solutions Architect
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 6 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Microsoft Solutions Architect in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Microsoft Solutions Architect in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (13.33%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 1 (6.67%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (26.67%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (6.67%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (6.67%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 8 (53.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (13.33%) Office 365
3 1 (6.67%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (26.67%) SQL Server
2 3 (20.00%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 4 (26.67%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 2 (13.33%) Back Office
2 1 (6.67%) Telecoms
2 1 (6.67%) Manufacturing
2 1 (6.67%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (40.00%) .NET
2 4 (26.67%) Web Services
3 3 (20.00%) jQuery
3 3 (20.00%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
3 3 (20.00%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 2 (13.33%) Enterprise Software
1 2 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (13.33%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 3 (20.00%) Windows
2 2 (13.33%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (6.67%) Windows 7
3 1 (6.67%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (53.33%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (26.67%) Scrum
2 4 (26.67%) Continuous Integration
2 4 (26.67%) E-Commerce
2 4 (26.67%) SOA
3 3 (20.00%) MVC
3 3 (20.00%) TDD
3 3 (20.00%) BDD
4 2 (13.33%) Information Architecture
4 2 (13.33%) TOGAF
4 2 (13.33%) Enterprise Architecture
4 2 (13.33%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (13.33%) Risk Management
4 2 (13.33%) OOP
5 1 (6.67%) CRM
5 1 (6.67%) ERP
5 1 (6.67%) Migration
5 1 (6.67%) GAP Analysis
5 1 (6.67%) Data Mapping
5 1 (6.67%) Customer Engagement
Programming Languages
1 4 (26.67%) PowerShell
2 2 (13.33%) X++
Qualifications
1 1 (6.67%) SAP Certification
1 1 (6.67%) VCP4
System Software
1 1 (6.67%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (26.67%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (20.00%) SCCM
3 2 (13.33%) Windows Intune
Vendors
1 15 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (13.33%) Citrix
2 2 (13.33%) SAP
2 2 (13.33%) VMware
3 1 (6.67%) CheckPoint